Can You Tell Dickens from Bulwer-Lytton? I Can’t.

Quiz: Dickens or Bulwer-Lytton?

Charles Dickens is generally touted as one of the English language’s best writers. Bulwer-Lytton is generally touted as so bad that he actually has a terrible first line contest named for him.  

Yet when passages from the work of each are placed side by side….  Well, I can’t tell them apart – except for the ones from Dickens’s Great Expectations, which I recognized on sight.*  Can you?


*Not because I like Great Expectations; merely because I was forced to read it in middle school, in high school, and again in college.


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